an uncommon or irregular size, especially one larger than average.
a garment of such a size.


Also out·sized. being unusually or abnormally large, heavy, extensive, etc.: a rack of outsize dresses; an outsize puppy; pampering an outsize ego.

Origin of outsize

First recorded in 1835–45; out- + size1
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  • But, compared to the outsize Syracusan, it looked like a Baby Gouda.

    The Complete Book of Cheese

    Robert Carlton Brown

  • Joe Kivelson is just an outsize edition of his son, with a blond beard that's had thirty-five years' more growth.

    Four-Day Planet

    Henry Beam Piper

  • It carried an outsize ultrasonic generator and a device for directing the beam into the planet.

    Student Body

    Floyd L. Wallace

  • But one of her stockings was outsize—run clear up her thigh—and she had two big white spots on her ribs on the nigh side.

    Stepsons of Light

    Eugene Manlove Rhodes

  • He nodded again, taking off his glasses and polishing them on an outsize white handkerchief.

    Murder in the Gunroom

    Henry Beam Piper

British Dictionary definitions for outsize



Also: outsized very large or larger than normaloutsize tomatoes


something outsize, such as a garment or person
(modifier) relating to or dealing in outsize clothesan outsize shop
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